Jaguar Walnut Wood - Britain's biggest Walnut woodland
This new 80 hectare (200 acre) wood at Lount near Ashby de la Zouch is an exciting partnership venture between the National Forest Company, the Forestry Commission and Jaguar Cars Ltd – famous for its use of walnut veneer.
The idea for a walnut woodland came into being when the National Forest Company and Jaguar teamed up in 1999. The Forestry Commission, Horticulture Research International and the Northmoor Trust later joined the partnership to help make the dream a reality.
Over 13,000 walnut trees, along with over 70,000 trees of other species, have been planted on what was originally arable farmland. The result is a large, attractive woodland that is open to the public and incorporates the Staunton Harold to Lount cycle route.
The wood also includes an experimental area (27 hectares) where research is carried out into the growth of different varieties of walnut, which is used both as a valuable hardwood timber and as a source of nuts.
The first tree was planted in November 2001 by Mike Beasley, the Managing Director of Jaguar Cars who said:
“We are delighted to be associated with The National Forest, which is an important and exciting environmental initiative. At Lount, Jaguar is supporting the creation of the Forest in a way that demonstrates the ethos of our company in all its activities – one of innovation, quality and success.”
Lynne Richards, Head of Fundraising
National Forest Company
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